5-Door Maruti-Suzuki Jimny AKA Gypsy Coming to India
Maruti showed the new Jimny at the Auto Expo and it is one of the biggest stars of the show. The car shown there was the 3-door version and the good news is that the Jimny is finally coming to India. Now we have already talked about that earlier in one of our previous articles so this time we will instead talk in detail about the version that India will get of this car.
5-Door Jimny Coming
In India it could be called as the Gypsy to continue this iconic name or it might be branded as Jimny only considering it was called exactly that at the Auto Expo to create buzz. Now since there is a lot of interest and Maruti has decided to bring it, the car on sale here would be the 5-door version which we have put here in our render.
The 5-door Jimny would be more practical and have better success in the Indian market as 3-door cars do not work and it would only cater to a small niche then. While making a 5-door version would delay its market launch, the Jimny would compete straight with all of the SUVs in the Rs 10-15 lakh space.
More Space for the Jimny
One of the biggest issues with the Jimny 3-door has to be the lack of space and now it will be fixed with the 5-door. The 5-door will have an extended wheelbase and more room at the rear seat plus it would be able to seat three passengers. There would not be any more changes to the India spec Jimny and it will have the same features and interior.
Jimny Engine for India
The Jimny for India will have the 1.5l petrol that powers all of the current Maruti cars including the new Brezza while in terms of gearbox options it will have both- a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. It will have 4 wheel drive and low-range for proper off-roading credibility.
Jimny 4-wheel drive system
The Jimny is not front wheel drive like the Brezza and instead has a ladder frame chassis with part-time 4WD while also having a low-range gearbox which helps in off-road conditions. By that we mean that the Jimny can be changed from 2WD high to 4WD high and 5WD low by manually via the shift lever. Plus the Jimny is designed to be easy to use and excels off-road with its good angles. By that we mean it has an approach angle of 37 degrees, ramp breakover angle of 28 degrees and departure angle of 49 degrees- thus you can drive over steep places without damaging the car.
Jimny India Launch
While we hope the 3-door version will be soon made in India for exports later this year, the Coronavirus can delay it further and the 5-door would be made later. We think the Jimny would come to India earlier next year or at best late this year while it would be sold at the Nexa dealership outlets.
Jimny Expected Price
No doubt that pricing can make or break a car and the Jimny will be no different to that also. Even with 5-doors the Jimny would be smaller and less luxurious than the Vitara Brezza so it will appeal to off-road enthusiasts and those who love the looks of this SUV. We expect the Jimny to start at Rs 10 lakh plus for the base variant, which is a very good value considering the looks and the fact that it is a proper 4x4. So with aggressive pricing, 5 doors and those looks, the Jimny can overtake the Brezza in terms of sales actually! Stay tuned for more on this SUV soon.
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